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TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Stratford upon Avon


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Course Description

From Page to Stage
July 8-14, 2018 

Immerse yourself in the language and world of Shakespeare.  Through theatrical performances at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the sites and shops that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how the Bard's legacy continues to shape our lives today.

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a unique English experience.  It's also an excellent opportunity for English, social studies, and theater teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and others who are eager to engage in study with world-class scholars and educators in a historic setting.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Course Schedule

July 8 July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13 July 14
1:00pm Coach pick-up from LHR Introduction and welcome to the course Group post-performance discussion on The Duchess of Malfi Shakespeare's Sonnets
Paul Edmondson 
Excursion to Blenheim Palace and Oxford Shakespeare in Performance
Nick Walton 
Coach transfer to LHR 
Talk on The Duchess of Malfi Q&A Session on The Duchess of Malfi
Royal Shakespeare Company
Visit to Shakespeare Birthplace

"Famous Beyond Words" exhibition

"Trust Treasures" archive displays 
Americans and Straford-upon-Avon
Roger Pringle 
Shakespeare, Sex, and Love
Prof. Sir Stanley Wells 
Teaching Shakespeare around the Globe
Lisa Peter
Talk on Romeo & Juliet 7:15pm
Performance of Macbeth 
Welcome Dinner 
Performance of 
The Duchess Malfi  
Performance of Miss Littlewood 
Performance of Romeo & Juliet 

Click here to download the course schedule. This schedule may be subject to change.

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Royal Shakespeare Company


Tuition is $1,250 for all participants and includes:

  • Welcome dinner at Hall's Croft
  • Tickets to four Royal Shakespeare Company productions (The Duchess of Malfi, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Miss Littlewood)
  • Admission and guided tours of Shakespeare houses featured on course schedule (subject to change)
  • Excursion and standard admission to Blenheim Palace
  • Afternoon tea at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Coach transfers from London-Heathrow to Stratford-upon-Avon 

Deposit of $500 is required with registration and must be paid in full within two weeks of registration or the registrant forfeits their spot in program.  Invoice for balance of program cost is sent ten weeks prior to course.  Full balance is due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.

ESU TLab scholarships are not available for this program, but we encourage those interested to consult this fundraising guide.

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust lecture

Featured Faculty

  • Professor Sir Stanley Wells, CBE, FRSL, Honorary President and Former Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Reverend Dr. Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival
  • Dr. Nick Walton, Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 
  • Lisa Peter, International Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Roger Pringle, Academic, Former Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Royal Shakespeare Company cast members

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This course constitutes approximately 30 contact hours of professional development.  Participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance upon request.

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TLab scholars

Travel and Housing Arrangements

Housing is not included in the program cost.  The ESU can provide a suggested list of accommodations but cannot liaise on behalf of any participants in the program in booking their accommodation.

You are responsible for arranging your travel to and from the UK.  Transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport is included in your program fee (if arriving within prescribed window; information will be issued upon registrations). 

The ESU recommends you wait to purchase your plane ticket and book your accommodation until the course is confirmed (or, make insured and/or refundable arrangements).

You are responsible for travel insurance, which the ESU strongly suggests you purchase (with a clause allowing for program cancellation).

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Registration Details

  • Register online by May 15, 2018.
  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A deposit payment of $500 is required with registration.  If deposit will be paid by check, registrant will be issued an invoice and the check must be received within two weeks of registration or the registrant will forfeit their spot.
  • Invoice will be issued ten weeks prior to course.
  • Balance will be due eight weeks prior to course.
  • Course is limited to 25 participants.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Terms and Conditions

Refund Policy:  The deposit is non-refundable.  This course is non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled, in which case deposit will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to attend the course due to emergency circumstances, you will be refunded minus an administration fee only if there is a waitlist applicant who will be able to attend the program in your place.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) and/or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reserves the right to change predetermined course schedules should it be necessary.  The ESU is not responsible for any entities that provide services during your course, including but not limited to the institution with which you are studying, housing, or accommodation facilities, airline, or other travel agencies.  In participating in this TLab-UK program you must agree to sign the ESU's Waiver and Release of Liability.

Completion of a registration form indicates commitment to attending the course and fulfilling any associated invoices.  Participants are billed ten weeks prior to program in US dollars, based on current exchange rates and including transaction fees.  Full balance is due from participants within two weeks of receipt of invoice.  Program cost is non-refundable.

You are responsible for accommodation, medical insurance, most meals, travel, travel insurance, and other incidentals.

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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